Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

Pennsylvania Supreme Court upholds Pittsburgh City Council Paid Sick Leave law

In 2015 Pittsburgh City Council passed legislation allowing the city to mandate that private employers provide paid sick leave to employees. After a four-year legal battle the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the city had the authority to hand down such a mandate to joy of labor advocates, council, and the mayor’s office.

To City Councilman Corey O’Connor (D-5), the legislation’s sponsor, mandating paid sick was a way to protect workers and ensure that Pittsburghers never feared losing their jobs if they fell unexpectedly ill. 
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city lawmakers unveil sweeping gun control measures, face pushback over state law conflict

Pittsburgh city councilmembers, joined by Gov. Tom Wolf and state legislators, announced a package of gun control legislation Friday. 

The move comes in the aftermath of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in October which left 11 dead and seven injured, while the official announcement was held on the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting. Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4), whose district includes the synagogue, said the tragedy was a call to action to not accept gun violence as the norm. 

Monday, December 17, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle

An emotional speech from a Pittsburgh city councilman on Tuesday suggested that a new chapter in Pennsylvania’s preemption wars could soon begin.


Councilman Corey O’Connor (District 4) made a defiant speech during a council meeting, calling on the city to pass stricter gun laws—specifically against assault weapons—even in the face of state law and precedent on local legislation.

“You want to fight? We’re here to fight. Our community is here to fight,” O’Connor said at a council meeting. “I think our city, our nation everybody is ready to fight this. This has been a long time coming.”
Thursday, November 1, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

Pittsburgh City Council hears testimony on public private partnership

At protests, hearings and in public comment since spring, many Pittsburgh residents have made it clear that they don’t want the Steel City to accept Peoples Gas’ offer for a public private partnership with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.  

 

But after hearing out constituentscouncil felt it was time to hear from the experts and allow members to have a deeper discussion about what a public-private partnership could mean for the city. 

Friday, September 28, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh council members hope to keep some control after PWSA restructuring

Pittsburgh city council Wednesday voted to hold a bill that would change the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority board and governance, as members try to find a way to keep some council oversight over the city’s water system.

The members now plan to hold two future public meetings in June before a final vote at the end of the month.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018/Author: Atiya Irvin-Mitchell
Categories: Pittsburgh
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